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Our Child & Family Support Services Program 

Casa Madre is a renovated triplex on Youngstown's southside where children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS are nurtured, challenged, encouraged, mentored and enriched. The child and family program provides services to 60 children each year, including:

  • Weekly tutoring sessions for school-aged children, year-long academic enrichment and periodic educational programs and outings

  • Mentoring and life skills building, including transitioning teens to young adulthood and college preparation

  • A monthly play support group at the Cafe, serving 60 children per year. Large group, small group and individual-child recreational outings, several per month during the school year

  • A summer program of tutoring, recreation, outings, nutritious meals, and one-on-one attention at Casa Madre, as well as enrollment in outside summer camp programs

  • Advocacy, intervention and assistance in issues concerning housing, education, social services, material needs and physical well-being, as the children's needs arise


"There's no where else I'd rather be . . . other than maybe Disney World."                        "Our bellies are always full here." 
                              "I've made friends at Casa Madre who will be with me forever."                            "I wish I could come every day."

"You have someone to ask when you have a question."                                                     "I can't imagine not coming here."